Sean Huggard's SugarCube deal dissolves
Which isn't to say that Huggard has given up. "I've been hitting the streets every day looking at properties. I never stop moving, but I'm going to take my time and not rush it," he says. "I still want to be a chef and I definitely want to open a chef-driven restaurant, but I also want full control over everything, including operations," he continues, adding that the lack of decision-making authority at Encore and Black Pearl led, at least in part, to his departure. "I wanted to make the final decisions, and it was either leave now so I could do that, or wait. And I knew that if I waited, it would only get harder as I got older and had more responsibilities."
Huggard hopes to have a space solidified by the end of the year. "I want a casual neighborhood place with American food -- everything from burgers to seafood -- that's friendly and economical." A place, he says, that's "along the lines of Encore."